Author Archives: UntraveledRoads

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.

The Blood Clinic

Back at the Cancer Clinic for the result of my CT scan. The staff are so unrushed and kind. But what a huge difference it would make if they coordinated the blood work clinic with the patients. The appointment sheet … Continue reading

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Only Connect

  “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” … Continue reading

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Crossing the Divide

When you're well, it seems like forever. You feel invincible, belonging to a favoured group who are not old, sick, disabled or confused. Like the young, you believe “it can't happen to me.” Though tucked away in a corner is … Continue reading

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Living from Above

“It's easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top.” Arnold Bennett   Blessings sometimes come upside down. Who would have thought that when I learned to live above and beyond pain, it would … Continue reading

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The Hand of God

  And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into … Continue reading

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Pain-full Life

One of pain's great gifts has been to teach me not to waste energy on rumination, looking over my shoulder or comparing myself with those luckier. Just processing pain takes up brain space and energy; no space left for chewing … Continue reading

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Weary and Heavy Laden

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.” ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now   Sometimes you just have to rest on the bottom. Not beat yourself up … Continue reading

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